Happy Sunday, Pride!
To our K - 10th families, I hope you all had a wonderful spring break. Great news, you have one more day since Monday is also a student holiday.
To everyone, welcome to the home stretch! That's right, the end is near and it will be here before you know it.
Like many of you, my family and I spent a few days away and "unplugged." It was nice to spend this time focusing on my family and yes, focusing on each of you. I'd be lying if I said I didn't spend time during this break thinking about our students and our staff.
I spent some time thinking about how blessed I am and how blessed our staff is. We are blessed every day with the opportunity to help change the course of someone's life with our words, our actions, and our belief in their abilities.
I'm glad that Monday is a holiday and that we get one final day of break, and at the same time, I was looking forward to "tomorrow." One of my most favorite times of the week is Monday morning during arrival. Not only do I get the chance to see and interact with so many students, but I also get to help set the tone for the day and for the week ahead.
I know if I asked our "arrival crew" (Ms. McCray, Dr. Dempsey, Ms. Menges, Ms. Bumgarner, Ms. Andrychowski, Ms. Mabey, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Carr, Mr. Prothero, Ms. Dorsey, Mr. Skip, and Coach Arizmendi) if they enjoy having "morning duty," their initial answer will be "no."
However, I have also observed this same group during their "morning duty" and have concluded that the way each of them interact with the students as students walk down the sidewalk to head to class, they're helping change the course (mindset) for our students. I've see students exit their vehicles, some sleepy and some who look like they'd rather be anywhere except at school, and after walking past one of the adults mentioned above, they show a little smile, or they have an extra "pep in their step."
What's the secret for this "change of behavior?" It's simple. It's done through this initial interaction with "the arrival crew" and through the positive words and actions of the staff.
I think this is a pretty awesome opportunity that I get to see each morning. By changing our perspectives, we can change lives.
Lions, I hope each of you have a wonderful week and to our K - 10th students, we'll see you on Tuesday (and for our 11th - 12th students, I'll see you tomorrow).
In Strength and Blessings,